MSA British Historic Rally Championship Harry Flatters Historic Rally preview

Round five of the 2012 Kololi Beach Club MSA British Historic Rally Championship will take crews onto asphalt for the first time this year on the Stephens and George Harry Flatters Historic Rally (Sunday 29 July).Heading the BHRC contenders will be current championship leaders Julian Reynolds/Patrick Walsh and Nick Elliott/Dave Price, who are level after each taking a clean sweep of victories across the opening four gravel rallies.Three Porsche 911s head the Category One field and the crew likely to set the pace is Dessie Nutt and Geraldine McBride, who have a mighty track record on asphalt. However, with a foothold in the overall title race, Rikki Proffitt and Phill Harrison really need a strong result on Epynt in their 911 and will surely take the fight to Nutt. The same may well be true of Terry Brown and John Stanger-Leathes, with Brown sure to put his many years of Epynt experience to good effect in his 911.Others running in Category One include Derek Boyd and Simon Hunter in another 2-litre 911 and Peter Stimpson/Mark Butler in their hard-charging Ford Anglia.Topping the Category Two entry and leading the historic field away will be David Stokes and Guy Weaver in their Escort Mk1. Stokes has been rallying on Epynt for 40 years and will be very tough to beat, but that is the target for Reynolds in his bid for the overall BHRC title.  Other leading runners at the top of Category Two include more Escorts for Ernie and Will Graham, Andrew Siddall/Carl Williamson and Richard Hill/Pat Cooper.Peter Lythell and Chris Parsons top class C4 in their Porsche 911 and have the similar car of Peter McDowell/Derek Davies for opposition, while class C3 is headed by the Escort Mk1s of Wayne Bonser/Richard Aston and Mark Holmes/Tony Lindsay. Adding depth of quality to the C3 entry are more Escorts for Jeremy Wells/tba and Ian Drummond/Hugh Kent, while C2 is the domain of the 1600cc Escort Mk1 of Matt Fowle/Jane Edgington.Elliott and Price face a massive challenge as they bid for maximum points in Category Three. Given that he has never rallied an Escort on asphalt and never competed over Epynt, Elliott will be on a big learning curve as he goes up against the similar cars of Tomos Davies/Eurig Davies, Gareth James/Steffan Evans and Will Onions/Dave Williams.In class D3, switching over from their Volvo Amazon for the asphalt events, will be Graham Waite and Gill Cotton in their Opel Ascona.The Stephens and George Harry Flatters Historic Rally is organised by Brecon Motor Club For more details about the event, please visit the website at:

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